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The 2017 14th July fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower

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Our national holiday – 14th July – is coming up, and celebrations will be happening all across town, with a military parade, firemen’s balls, a free concert and of course the main event: the 14th fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower.

And as Paris is hoping to host the 2024 Olympic Games, this year’s theme is Olympic values.

We have the starting time and program for you (spoiler: it includes Star Wars and Frank Sinatra !)

An epic spectacle awaits you for our national holiday – the only fireworks display of the year in Paris (there’s no longer one for New Year’s Eve).

Things kick off late, at 11pm (because it needs to be properly dark) and last about an hour (but an adrenaline-filled hour it is!). You can see what it looked like last year in the video above…

photo by Yann Caradec used under cc licence

This year, fireworks company Ruggieri has devised a show in eight parts, built around the main values that Paris is defending for its candidature for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Here’s the programme:

Introduction – Star Wars The Force Awakens – trailer theme
14th July – Tibz – Nation
Voyage through Paris – Caravan Palace – Dramophone // Parov Stelar – Catgroove // The Chainsmokers – Paris // Jacques Brel – la Chanson des vieux amants
Ecology – Deep Forest – Lullaby
The Olympic Games & sport – John Williams – Olympic Fanfare and theme // Tonight (instrumental version) // Woodkid – I Love You
Heritage and Evolution – Indila – Dernière Danse // Two Steps From Hell – All Is Hell Thats Ends Well
The Parisians – Willy William ft. Chris Cab – Paris // Frank Sinatra – I Love Paris
Sharing and Celebration – Ibrahim Maalouf – Red & Black Lights // Two Steps from Hell – Starchild

We’d advise you to arrive early – several hours in advance – and wait patiently either on place du Trocadéro or the Champs de Mars green space that runs down from the Eiffel Tower (the space between the two will be closed to the public). Another option is to go to the Alexandre III bridge where you’ll have a good view but no music (the advantage being that you’ll be able to leave a lot more quickly afterwards).

The three maps at the bottom of this article should help you get to where you need to be!

The 2017 14th July fireworks display start at 11pm at the Eiffel Tower

Free!

Website: quefaire.paris.fr

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